AUGUST 15, 1911.
SILVER JUBILEE OF
REV. BERNARD STRASSMAI-
ER, 0. S. B. FORT YATES. N. D.
accomplishments in vocal and \ ed to the doors. The church had
instrumental music, drills, reci- j been newly decorated and paint-
On Tuesday, June 20, Rev.
Bernard Strassmaier, O. S. B,,
Superior of the Standing Rock
Indian Mission, residing at
Fort Yates, N. D. celebrated the
25th anniversary or Silver Jubi-
lee of his first Mass and ordina-
tion to the priesthood, which
was for him also at the same
time the Silver Jubilee of his
missionary life among the
Sioux Indians, as he was sent
from his monastery, the Bene-
dictine Abbey at Conception Mis-
souri, to the Dakotas shortly af-
ter his ordination, in the year
1886. Fr. Bernard's missionary
labors were however not con-
fined to the Indians' country, but
extended over the counties of
Campbell, Walworth and Mc-
Pherson in South Dakota and
Emmons, Mcintosh and Logan
counties in North Dakota all on
the eastside of the Missouri Riv-
er, whilst the Standing Rock re-
servation is situated on the west
side. Most of the parishes and
missions of the above named
counties owe their foundation di-
rectly or indirectly to Fr. Bern-
ard and his fellow-missionaries
among the Indians.
During the week, beginning
with Monday, June 19, Ft. Yates
was a scene of many social and
impressive church events. Invi-
tations had been extended to all
the friends of Father Bernard to
be present at the jubilee excer-
cises to be held on Tuesday,
June 20th, that being the date of
his first Mass 25 years ago. The
guests arrived on Monday, and
in the evening they attended an
excellent entertainment given by
the pupils of the large Indian
Boarding School at the Agency
in honor of the jubilarian — The
parents of the children, all resi-
dents of the Agency, the visiting
friends, Sisters and priests and
the Rt. Rev. Bishop Vincent
Wehrle of Bismarck, N. D. were
present at these exercises.
The program was well selected,
and the ability of the scholars
was well demonstrated by the
various exhibitions of their
tations and dialogues. They gave
certainly a very pleasing and in-
teresting entertainment which
reflected great credit on the
painstaking care and instruction
and training given them by Supt.
E. C. Witzleben and the Bene-
dictine Sisters and the civil ser-
vice teachers and employees con-
nected with the school.
Tuesday Morning the Rt. Rev.
Bishop Wehrle, who honored the
occasion by his presence, was ac-
companied to the church by the
clergy and the people and child-
Fr. Bernard celebrated Solemn
High Mass in presence of the
Bishop, assisted dy Rev. Joseph
ed, and presented a very pleas-
ing appearance. After Confirma-
tion a solemn procession was
formed to the cemetery, where
the Bishop blessed the crucifix-
ion group which has recently
been placed at the entrance to the
cemetery. This group of statu-
ary is a beautiful and impressive
sight, and typifies the spirit of
progressiveness which has al-
ways been displayed by Fr.
Bernard. It is valued at $350, 00.
This Catholic cemetery at Fort
Yates is well kept and is a beau-
tiful and inviting place.
Fr. Bernard has labored hard
and has spent much money to
make the cemetery a beautiful
Sen ell of Herreid, S. D. as as- spot -as he also takes special
sistant Priest, Rev. Clemens pride in having the church and
Dimpfl, O. S. B. of Mandan, N.
D. as Deacon, Rev. Nicolas Dahl-
manns, of Aberdeen, S. D. as
Subdeacon, and Rev. Francis
priesthouse and all the mission
buildings in and outside of Fort
Yates in good condition.
At dinner a purse of $60-00
Gerschwyler, O, S. B. of Shields, ' was presented to the Jubilarian
N. D. as master of ceremonies, by Fr Dahlmanns in the name of
Revs. John Frei, of Lemmon, S. the priests and the Bishop. Fr.
D. and Martin Kernel, O. S. B. of Dahlmanns gave expression in
Bismarck, N. D. assisted the well chosen words what pleasure
Bishop at the throne Rev. Am- and encouragement it always
brose Bucher, O. S. B. of Fort gave him in toe past, whenever
Yates, presided at the organ and he meD Fr. Bernard on their mis-
directed the choir, and had also sionary trips, when both were
charge of most of the exterior doing pioneer work in this new
preparations and arrangements country. A beautifully worked
of the celebration. Rev, Bede Stola and Bursa were offered to
Marty, O. S. B. of St. Benedict's Fr. Bernard by tne Sisters as a
Mission. S. D. was in charge of faithful and grateful acknowl-
those to be confirmed — children edgment for his untiring efforts
and adults — to the number of (90) in their behalf. Ven. Sister Sera-
ninety. I phim. M. Superior, and all the
Fr. Martin preached in Sioux Sisters are deserving of the best
and English on the high signifi- thanks of all, for entertaining
cance of the Silver Juoilee of a the guests and doing all in their
priest and the priestly and mis-, power to make the celebration a
sionary work done within that success,
period. Also the visiting Sisters from
The Bishop had also the kind- Bismarck presented some beau-
ness to address the people with tif ul and useful pieces of work
a few remarks, in which he very for the occasion,
fittingly described the character ', In the afternoon a meetng of
and the faithful work of Fr. the Catholic Foresters in charge
Bernard as a true priest accord- of their founder and organizor &
ing to the heart of God. After chief Ranger, Louis Endres and
Mass the Sacrament of confirma- of the members of St. Joseph's
tion was administered and a full and St. Mary's Societies and
instruction given on the nature other Catholic Societies was held
and effects of that Sacrament. ! in the Societies' meeting house
Regardless of the intense heat at which time a purse of $168-32
the spacious church was crowd- was presented to Fr. Bernard.
This represented the donations
of residents of the reservation ir-
respective of church affiliations,
nationality and color. Speeches
were held by Major Carignan.
Louis Endres, Chief John Grass.
Standing Soldier and others.
Addresses were also made by
Bishop Wehrle. Fathers Bernard,
Dahlmanns and Ambrose. Later
in the day the visiting Sisters
Eustachia and Marietta of the
Bimarck St. Alexius Hospital,
and Apollonia, Amata, and Syl-
via of the Bismarck St. Mary's
Parochial School and Fathers
Clemens of Mandan and Martin
of Bismarck were entertained at
the home of Dr. and Mrs. Good-
rich. They were assisted by Mrs.
A. D. Anderson of Bismarck,
who also helped in various ways
to make the jubilee celebration
successful. It was a great en-
joyable day for everybody.
Oa Friday evening, June 23d,
the residents of the Agency met
in social conclave at the Agency
hall to extend to Fr. Bernard a
special expression of their high
esteem and regard for him. The
following excellent program of
speeches, music and recitations
was rendered. —
Address — Rev Father Martin
Kenel, O. S. B.
Music (piano) Mrs. and Miss
Address: Supt. E. C. Witzleben.
Jubilee Greetings — Master Hen-
Violin and Piano: Miss L.
Fiske and Mr. Fiske.
Recitation: Miss Hermina
Address: Major J. Hamilton,.
U. S. Indian Agent.
Piano Solo; Miss Jean Witz-
Address: Rev. Father Ambrose,
O. S. B.
Address: Rev. Father Bernard
O. S. B.
Grand finale chorus, all sweet
Letters of congratulation were
read from Mgr. D. Falconio,
Apostolic Delegate at Washing-
ton- D. C, who sent to the Jubi-
larian his special blessing — other
letters were from Rev. Wm. H.
Ketcham. Director of the Catho-
lic Bureau of Indian Missions,
Washington, D. C. also one from
Col. Jas. McLaughlin. U. S. In-
dian Agent. Mrs. Cramsie, wife
of one of [.our former Agents,
Major W. J. Cramsie of St Paul,
Minn., had also written a most
AUGUST 15. 1911.
beautiful and encouraging letter
testifying to Fr. Bernard's un-
selfish sacrificial life for the be T
nefit of the Indians ? nd Wnites
entrusted to his pastoral care
' during the period of a quarter of
Daring the evening, towards
the close of the reception, Fr.
Bernard was presented with a
handsome silver chalice, the gift
of Mrs. James McLaughlin, and
a life sized portrait of himself
from Mr. Frank R,. Fiske, the
popular artist and photographer.
The utmost harmony prevailed,
and many expressions of good
wiil were exchanged between
the missionaries and the repre-
sentatives of the Government.
The speakers of the evening
voiced in convincing words the
love and respect which all reser-
vation people hold for Fr.. Ber-
nard. They told of the trials
and sacrifices which were made
by him during the twenty five
(25) years of his work and of his
Mr. Jacob Strassniaier, who is
a brother of Fr. Bernard, came
from Eugene City, Oregon, to
attend the jubilee. On Tuesday
June 27th they both departed
for his western home, where Fr.
Bernard will spend a few weeks
of, a well earned vacation, and
visit his aged father, whom he
has not seen since the latters ar-
rival in this coantry four (4)years
IKCEWICASTA ECEN SINA-
SAPA WICORAN ECONPI
(Catholic Indian Missions.)
Rev. Father Ketcham Ikcewi-
cast i ■ B.aasapa tawicoran awan-
yake sin omaka 1910 ohnayan
wayuotanin, qa owicoran waste-
ste wanjigji Tunkansina tamaka
en Dakota sinasapa onpi kin on
woyaka. Tunkansina tamaka kin
en iKcewicasta (300,000) kekto-
pawinge opawinge yamni onpi,
qa de etanhan (61,456) kektopa-
pi ecee tuka he wanna erpeyapi.
Protestant obepi kin iyokipipi
sni, wicoran owasin iyakiyecen
Hecen dehan wayawa si ~ssapa
opapi kin detanhan Protestants
omniciye opapi kte sni, qa Pro-
testants wowahokonkiye naron-
pi kte sni.
Nakun de isanpa Father Ketch-
am tunkansinayanpi en rtanipi
kin, qa wakiconza opapi kin owa-
sin ociwasteya qa tanyan okiya-
pi; tuka.iyotan Tunkansinayanpi
Taft wasagwicaye kta wacinwi-
Toxa St. Josehh Qa St. Mary
Okodakiciye Opapi Kik.han
Taku Awacin Unpi Kta.
Ocanku marpiya iyahdeya kin
maya, inyan oju qa omani sica,
qa tonana ohnatuka wowiyuskin
oihanke wanica iyahde. Qa hen
oihanke wanin woozikiye unyu-
hapi kta. Maka akan unnisikapi
waniyazankapi, qa nicakijapi,
canpi qa ninagipi tanyan on kta
qa token maka akan tanyan ya-
onpi qa winoni onman kin ekta
nakun tanyan yaanpi kte cin he-
na iwoyahdakapi kta. Qa wowa-
onsida ayeciyuhapi qa wahokon-
yeciciyapi kta, oyeciyapi kta,
hecen witaya dapi kinhan taku
wanji onspe wacannipi kta. To-
keca maka akan waon he? Ma-
ka akan waon kin he Wakantan-
ka sdonwaye kte, wastewadake
kta, anawagoptan kta; hecen wi-
coni unman kin ekta kici iyuskin-
yan waon kta; he tokaheya on-
nispepi kte cin ee. Ho hecen to-
kaheya Wakantanka sdonyapi,
tawacin, tawokonze, qa Catholic
Church taku onspe wicakiye cin
hena onspeniciciyapi kta. Taku
ota onnispepi kta iyecece cin ota
nahanrci sdonyayapi sni. Wita-
ya dapi kinhan yecigepi kte sni,
aiyeciyapi kte sni, tuwe tokeca
oran odakapi kte sni, is tuwena
canze yeciyapi kte sni; witaya
dapi- kinhan canzeyeciyapi kta on
dapi sni. Hehan inayajinpi qa
taku waste ecanon;)! keya woya-
way which left no room for doubt
in the minds of his hearers as to
his sincerity. The hall was de-
corated with boughs of trees and
numerous plants and much fur-
niture, and was well lighted with
gas lights, and perhaps never
presented a more pleasing aspect
before. The Committee on de-
coration deserves great credit
for their efforts. They were
Messrs. Davidson and Driscoll.
and the Misses Robinson and
Miller of the Agency School.
The numbers 1886 1911 were
much in evideuce and appeared
to good advantage.
Refreshments were served by
the ladies and the luncheon was
a grand example and exhibition
of their abilities in culinary arts.
The rest of the evening was
spent in card playing and other
amusements. Besides honoring
Fr. Bernard the guests certainly
thoroughly enjoyed themselves
and so it was a most complete
and satisfactory affair all around.
All very heartily regrtted that
Fr. Bernard's Superior. Rt. Rev.
Abbot . Frowin of Conception.
Mo. could not be Dresent.
casipi i37 iKee wicasta ecen ka-
gapi qa ecen sinasapa wicasta
wakan 164 onpi, qa wicanagi
awanyakapi, qa tipiwakan 249
yuhapi. Wayawa otitanka 55, qa
tiyatanhan wayawapi 8 henake-
ca yuhapi. Brothers sunkawi-
cayapi 72, qa winyan wakan 373
henakeca wayawa ti kin en wa-
onspekiyapi. Mission school en
Dakota siceca (5000) kektopawin-
ge zapttn iye owicakiyapi qa wa-
onspewicakiyapi. Qa Tunkan-
sina woonspe ecen Dakota sice-
ca sinasapa opapi kin (6000) ke-
ktopawinge sakpe onpi qa apa
sinasapa wanyake sni onpi.
Omaka kin econhan tankapi kin
(760) opawinge sakowin sam wi-
kcemna sakpe, qa siceca kin 3,136
kektopawinge yamni sanpa opa-
winge wanji sanpa wikcemna ya-
mni sanpa sakpe denakeca mini-
Dehantu kin Ikcewicasta ate-
yapi kin Valentine woope kage
qa tunkansina woonspe en siceca
sinasapa opa onpi kin hena iye
wocekiye tawapi en token okihi
skanpi kta iyowinwicakiye. he-
cen de waste itokam taku woce-
kiye kes owasin en opewicakiya-
Tohan ainiyapi qa sicaya nicu-
wapi kinhan wiyuskinpi qa nina
cante waste po! Marpiya ekta
nicanptapi kta. Taku sica on
itkom taku sica econpi sni po,
tuka itkopatanhan wayawastepo!
De woonspe kin Jesus oiye qa
oranye cin on onspeunkiyapi, qa
tohan maka kin de akan ni un-
yakonpi kinhan de onspeunkici-
ciyapi kta; neon etanhan wicasta
qa winyan wastepi okodakiciye
icicagapi qa maka akan Jesus
woonspe wan unkahipi kin on-
speiciciyapi; neon etanhan tona
okodakiciye de en opapi kin ti-
wahe wanjipidan iyecen qa taku-
kiciyapi rce cin iyecen wasteki-
cidapi kta. qa onsikiciclapi kta.
St. Peter taku eye cin anago-
ptan po! "Owasin cante wanji-
dan hduwitaya onsikicida po.
hunkawanjikiciyapi kin iyecen
wastekicidapo, waonsidapo qa
wacantkiya po!" Owasin ecen
ecanonpi kinhan okodakiciye kin
iyopte kta qa ecen ecanonpi sni
kinhan, kun hde kta qa sanpa
wanisakapi kte sni. Omniciye
ca witaya yaupi kin token nitan-
wastedake ca anpetu waste wan-
yaka cin kinhan, iye ceji kin ta-
kn sica en yeye kte sni, qa iha
kin wohnaye takudan ie kte sni."
Wacintankapi kin he wojupisu
pa rinca, tuka waskuyeca skuya
Wicasta witkotkoka cante kin
i kin en yanke, tuka wicasta
ksapa i kin he cante kin ekta
Tuwe cinca waonspekiye sni
kin he wanmaonpi onspekiya.
Wheeler. Wis. Aug. 3, Edward
McMurchie kte. pejiyuhinta.
Unkan ordateya hinrpaya qa
sunkakan nape, qa mazayuhinte
pestona kin on wasteyena yupo-
ta qa yazan on ta.
New York Aug. 3. — Hoksina
wan Jno McClean eciyapi, wani-
yetu 13 oistinma mani qa ojan-
janhdepi wan etanhan iyaya, qa
he wankan tipi isakpe etanhan
kun hiyu, sihaiyutapi 100 wan-
kantuya, onkini ni kta.